BCPS con­tin­ues Mind Over Mat­ters cam­paign, fo­cused on men­tal health and well­ness

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY THE PEOPLE -

BAL­TI­MORE COUNTY— Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Schools has an­nounced its sec­ond year­long Mind Over Mat­ters Cam­paign, which fo­cuses on rais­ing aware­ness about men­tal health and pro­mot­ing stu­dent and staff well­ness.

“This cam­paign is per­haps even more im­por­tant this year,” said BCPS Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Dar­ryl L. Wil­liams.

“Stu­dents and staff are be­ing chal­lenged to work and learn amid ad­di­tional stres­sors, be­gin­ning with the global pan­demic but in­clud­ing an eco­nomic down­turn and racial reck­on­ing. We want to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and sup­ports to help the BCPS com­mu­nity through this es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult pe­riod.”

The cam­paign will fea­ture var­i­ous themes through­out the year, and schools and teach­ers will of­fer re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties:

Septem­ber – No­vem­ber: “Kind­ness Mat­ters”

(fo­cused on be­ing kind to your­self and oth­ers)

Sept. 10 – World Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Day

Oct. – Bul­ly­ing Pre­ven­tion Month Oct. 31 – Out of the Dark­ness Walk De­cem­ber – Feb­ru­ary: “You Mat­ter” This month will have an em­pha­sis on shar­ing cop­ing skills as well as in­for­ma­tion about main­tain­ing a healthy life­style and en­gag­ing in healthy re­la­tion­ships.

March – May: “Men­tal Health Mat­ters”

May 2-8: Chil­dren’s Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week

May 28-31: Vir­tual Men­tal Health Mile

June: “Pride Mat­ters”

This month is de­signed to sup­port LGBTQ+ staff and stu­dents and to en­cour­age self-pride and an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for a di­verse com­mu­nity.

Staff and stu­dents are en­cour­aged to use #BCPSCares and post pic­tures on so­cial me­dia of them­selves en­gag­ing in Mind Over Mat­ters ac­tiv­i­ties.

Bat­tle Acre re-ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony, Sept. 12, 1988, where the main fire­fight oc­curred in 1814 at Charlesmon­t. Then Mary­land Gov­er­nor and re­tired Army Na­tional Guard Colonel Wil­liam Don­ald Schae­fer ad­dressed the crowd af­ter lis­ten­ing to mu­si­cal se­lec­tions from the Dundalk High School Mu­si­cal Band, in­clud­ing the Na­tional An­them. Be­hind the gov­er­nor were seated left to right Bal­ti­more County Di­rec­tor of Recre­ation & Parks and for­mer Dundalk State Del. Robert R. Staab, State Ad­ju­tant Gen­eral of the MD Na­tional Guard Maj. Gen. James F. Fret­terd, and at rear in civil­ian suit is Chap­lain Col. Don­ald Tur­ley, with flags be­hind them. (Photo by Blaine Tay­lor, Tow­son, MD.)

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